Password Protected PDFs, Was: What doc formats do readers actually use?

Subject: Password Protected PDFs, Was: What doc formats do readers actually use?
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:29:19 -0500

On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 9:07 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin
<Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> For my part, I don't have a use for passworded PDFs,
> and nobody I know - including at work - uses the
> feature.

I've used password protected PDFs in the past as a sort of tripwire on
docs that were not yet ready for prime time. I was once asked to post
an internal document on our intranet. It wasn't yet ready for
publication, and I didn't have time to make it pretty. So I put a
password on it, because I just *knew* one of our sales guys would grab
it and try to share that doc with customers. And I really don't like
to let draft documents get into customer hands. It's a professional
pride thing.

And I was right. When I got the e-mail from the sales guy asking for
an unencrypted version, I had the time to "fix" the document and
create a version that I wasn't ashamed to let customers see.

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing

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